WATCH: Conservation Officers now outnumber the grizzly bears on Cormorant Island, off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, but the two young grizzlies continue to evade all efforts to trap them
The bears arrived on the 4.5 kilometre square island on Friday and the roughly 1000 residents of Alert Bay — which is on the island — have been on edge, ever since.
Grizzlies are not native to Vancouver Island and Alert Bay officials say none have ever been found on the island, so residents are curious, but nervous about the visitors.
They’re driving children to school or taking other precautions until the bruins are caught or move on.
The village says residential garbage pick-up around Alert Bay will proceed as usual while the three Conservation Officers track the two bears, that are believed to be searching for new territory after likely being chased from the central coast by a dominant male grizzly.